The Nuremberg Trials : The Nazis and Their Crimes Against Humanity Paperback
by Paul Roland
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 384 pages, Illustrations
- Publisher: Arcturus Publishing Ltd
- Publication Date: 15/10/2012
- Category: Second World War
- ISBN: 9781848588400
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Review by slug9000
For anyone interested in the fate of the various Nazi war criminals after WWII, this book is an excellent overview. It's laid out well - it starts with details about how the trials came to fruition, who the judges were, and how the Allied powers worked together. It discusses the debate between trying the Nazis versus execution without trial. It details all of the Nazis who were tried in the first round of Nuremberg trials, what their roles were, and how they interacted with the judges, the prison psychologist, and each other. It also summarizes their sentences, the rationale for their sentences, and their reactions to their sentences. At the end, there are summaries of other trials that took place in Nuremberg but that were not as famous as the first trials (where Goering was tried).The Nuremberg Trials were lengthy and detailed; the author notes in this book how many of the prosecution and defense's arguments would go on for hours at a time. I was worried that the book would get bogged down with tedious trial details, but it did not.The only complaint I have about this book is that I found it hard to recall who some of the leaders were. I was familiar with Goering and several other defendants going into this book, but I had not heard of many of the others. Toward the beginning of the book, the author lists all of the defendants and what they are accused of; I recommend bookmarking these brief summaries for the people who you are unfamiliar with, so that you can reference them later.This is a great value for a Kindle book as well. Definitely a worthwhile and quick read.